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## 3 Coding Games to Learn Shapes and Geometry with a Cool Coding Toy

Can you teach shapes and geometry with computer coding games? Today I am excited to share a new coding toy that I used to just do that. Teaching kids Coding has become a popular topic nowadays. We all know today's kids will grow up into a new world that computers and robots are essential parts of life. Even if they don't want to be a programmer to write computer codes, it is important to understand how programs and coding work… Read More

## Coding Game Improving Kids Problem Solving Skills

If you are going through our computer coding series, by now, you have learned the 5 crucial coding skills someone needs to be a good computer programmer. You also practiced the skills of decomposition and thinking from different perspectives. Today, we talk about debug, finding and fixing mistakes. Debugging skill is essentially problem solving skill, because you debug when the code is not working. No matter how good you are at programming, you will always run into the situations that… Read More

## Practice Morning Routine to Learn Coding Skills

We talked about how learning computer coding skills can improve kids’ executive functions, such as organization and staying on task. Decomposition is an important skill for a programmer, and it is also an important building block of executive function. We used a coding game to demonstrate how to break down tasks into smaller actionable steps. As an extension, we will showcase an example how to help kids practice decomposition using everyday life activities. All tasks have processes. With the Hot… Read More

## Coding Game Improving Kids Executive Functions

How can coding game improve kids executive functions? As I mentioned in the article 5 Crucial Skills Kids Need for Computer Coding, breaking down a big task into smaller manageable pieces is an important skill for any coders and programmers. It is called decompose. An important aspect of executive function is organization skill to streamline and to finish a project. Many studies have found that kids who can't finish projects on time are not lazy. Instead, they have poor executive… Read More

## DIY Computer Coding Camp at Home

Why coding camp for kids? In today’s world, almost everything we do is connected with computers. Shopping, cooking, banking, … Computer literacy is essential for modern life. It is important for everyone to have basic understanding of how computer works, even if you are not planning to be a computer engineer. One big part of understanding computers is to understand how we communicate with computers. Computer coding or programming is basically the language we use to communicate with computers. Since… Read More

## Coding Game for Critical Thinking Skills

Thinking from a different perspective is a critical thinking skill that is essential for kids to learn computer coding. In fact, it is essential to many jobs. There are many ways to help kids develop the skill. Today we share a coding game we developed that can get you started on training kids the critical skill of thinking from a different perspective. Today’s game is an extension of the Hot Dog Coding Game. The story behind the game is the… Read More

## Color Mixing with Coding for Preschool Kids

A while ago, we did a color mixing with Arduino coding and electric circuit. That activity is designed for older kids who already have programming experience. Today we share a fun activity for kids who have no computer coding and electric circuit experience. Kids can use RGB color codes to color a picture drawn in Microsoft Word. This is a digital way to learn about colors. With some help, kids as young as preschool can do it, as long as… Read More

## Learn Color Mixing with Computer Coding

Color mixing is always a fun activity for kids. Now adding computer coding and electronic engineering into the play, it will be more fun and more challenging. Today we share fun coding activities for kids to learn about colors and light. For kids who had some experience with coding and electrics, I highly recommend using Arduino and Breadboard. For kids who had no coding experience, I have recommendations for easier programs too. Arduino is a system that includes free software and Arduino board… Read More

Have you ever tried to teach kids computer programming? In my experience, computer programming is essentially another language, a language you use to communicate with computers. Just like any other languages, the earlier you start teaching kids computer language, the easier it is for them to be fluent at it. We introduced several apps teaching kids coding or programming. Hopscotch is one of my favorite.  Today I am introducing another free resource Codecademy. It is a website of free coding lessons… Read More

## 5 Crucial Computer Coding Skills You Can Teach Kids at Home

I used to write computer codes all the time. It was part of the job, although I had no formal programming training. I took an entry level class from a local college, and after that I pretty much learned on the job. To my surprise, I became one of the best programmer in my group, and became a go to person when someone needed help on program codes. I loved coding. I know it is important for today’s children to… Read More

## Best Learning Tools for Kids to Learn Computer Coding

We have posted several lists of Learning Tools for Kids. Today we continue on the lists, adding Best Learning Tools for Kids to Learn Computer Coding. Computer programming is becoming a more and more essential skill for today’s kids. Even if they are not planning to become a computer programmer, it is important for them to know how computers work and be more comfortable when interacting with digital machines. I am glad to see many organizations recognize the need and developed… Read More

## 3D Animation Tutorials for Beginners Using Blender

Have you tried 3D animation? Many scenes and characters in movies and video games are results of 3D animations. Today every one probably have seen some 3D animation effects. What is more, if you have used a presentation tool, like PowerPoint or Keynote, you probably have some experience creating 3D animations. Most presentation tools let you add certain animation effects, like the image dancing on the screen, or flying into the screen. But most of these presentation tools have limited… Read More

## 14 Coding Toys that Teach Kids Computer Programming

Have your kids started learning computer programming? Computer coding or programming is basically the language we use to talk to computers. Since computers will be an essential part of the future world our kids going to be in, it is important for today's children to have fundamental knowledge of how to communicate with computers. For some very basic concepts, they can learn coding through cool activities without using a computer. After they learned fundamental concepts, it is best to get… Read More

## Learn Coding with Anna and Elsa from Frozen

Who like the movie Frozen? If you have an Anna and Elsa fan at home, you may want to try this coding program, that kids will learn coding with Anna and Elsa. It is a free coding program from code.org that teaches kids the basics of coding. With the program, kids not only learn fundamental coding concepts but also learn to love coding. At least, they won't think coding is mysterious. To access the free program, you just need get… Read More

## 11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer

Computer coding is essentially a language that computer uses. When we think about helping kids learn computer coding, we automatically think we need a computer first. But in fact, there are many ways to learn computer coding without a computer, as many thinking and coding approach can be learned in different activities off-screen. Today we share some off-screen activities that teach kids computer programming. One of the important coding skills is to break a big task into smaller actionable steps… Read More